Plan your visit to the Center of the West

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence: Buffalo Bill Center of the West

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence: Buffalo Bill Center of the West

We’re honored!

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is again a recipient of the TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence.” That makes two years running, 2013 and 2014. Thank you to the many folks who have enjoyed their visit here and said so on TripAdvisor! The Buffalo Bill Center of the West maintains an overall rating of four or five of a possible five on the world’s largest travel website. We’re proud to say we are the top-rated attraction in Cody according to visitor reviews on TripAdvisor.

Find your true West here at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Together, our five museums and research library tell the authentic story of the American West—past and present, history and myth, art and culture. See amazing collections, quality exhibitions, programs and events, live birds in our daily raptor show, and much more. Located just 50 miles from the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park, the Center of the West is the perfect stop whether you are on your way to or from the park.

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Our 2014 rack card

Hours and Rates

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Admission to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is good for two consecutive days. Click here to buy tickets.

$1 discount for AAA members (up to 2 adults/group). Blue Star Museum program member: free admission for active duty military personnel and their families.

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Visitor guides

Our visitor guide will help you find your way in the Center of the West once you get here. View and print the guide ahead of time if you like!

View our English language Visitor Guide.

For our international visitors, guides in selected languages:

Facility features and amenities

Restaurant & Coffee Bar Museum Store
Auditorium (seats 160) Classrooms
Free parking Wheelchair use free of charge (subject to availability)
Wheelchairs Foreign language guides (see below)
Immaculate restrooms Outdoor sculpture gardens
Research library Free internet access
Automated teller machine


From motels to hotels, bed and breakfasts to dude ranches, families can find all kinds of lodging in the Cody area to suit any taste and any budget.

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Group sales

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West caters to groups! We can add made-for-your-group “western immersion experiences” to your visit: helping with art conservation, special lunch with curators and authors, authentic cowboy music, and even day hikes.

For current rates or questions, e-mail Group Sales Coordinator Debra Elwood or call 307-578-4114.

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Plan your visit to Yellowstone with this regional mapDirections and maps

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is located in Cody, Wyoming, in the northwest corner of the state, 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park.

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There is much to see and do in the Cody area and the Greater Yellowstone region. How do families and groups decide what to do next? Make an itinerary!

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Your trip to Yellowstone starts here!

Visit Yellowstone Falls through art and in person. 'Yellowstone Falls' by Albert Bierstadt. 2.63

Albert Bierstadt (1830 – 1902). “Yellowstone Falls,” 1881. Oil on canvas, 44.25 x 30.5 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Taggart. 2.63

Yellowstone National Park is in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s “backyard.” The Center is the place to learn more about the Greater Yellowstone region before your visit to Yellowstone—or answer any lingering questions afterwards.

Here, you can explore the nature of Yellowstone, see how artists have interpreted its wonders, and discover the ways in which everyone from Native Americans and trappers to today’s families has experienced the park.

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